I think this should happen with every publisher, and let it be sort of a round robin of shops who get first dibs. I asked about this back in July / August when I found out there was going to be a volume 2, and we were supposed to have the art and everything in by October for the December release. It got pushed back, split into two books, but I sincerely loved the first volume so much I wanted to support the second one.
I am still uncertain whether we will do it, but if we do, its going to be a very limited run as we don’t have the funds the big shops do. Hope volume 2 is as good as the first one!
I think they should just do away with store exclusive variants and go down to just a regular cover for all comics, no more open order variants or ratios. Paper shortage, there’s only one reason they print multiple copies, because people will buy more copies than they need, to inflate and pad their publishing numbers to appease upper management bean counters…
Print to pre-orders only. No ratio incentives so retailers have nothing to chase and act like consumers. Remove the extra pages just for ads in the back of the book. I’d imagine just cutting an entire sheet (total 4 pages, front and back) would drastically cut paper usage across the entire print run.
" But unlike certain other publishers, they are doing something about it, stating that AfterShock is doing its biggest overprint of the We Live: Rise Of The Palladiums launch issues in the publisher’s history and retailers will be able to reorder the series without any reorder fees charged by Diamond Comic Distributors as you might expect."
Yeah I’m not understanding this one…why would you overprint thinking retailers are going to come back and buy them? We did not go heavy on this one as we already had the exclusive…maybe thats what most retailers figured?